For several years now FIFA has been pushing its Fair Play programme around the world. So much so that we even see players in the state league shake hands prior to a game. But this whole program is now in the balance thanks to Thierry Henry’s handball in the World Cup Qualifier against the Republic of Ireland.
What are FIFA to do? If they replay the game it will open doors for games the world over to be replayed when players admit foul play and officials miss the incident.
If they allow France to get away with such blatant cheating then their Fair Play programme is in tatters.
Not only that should France – which is highly unlikely – win the World Cup in South Africa next year it will tarnish the tournament, as everyone knows that they do not deserve to be there in the first place.
What is the right thing to do?
Will FIFA make a stand and set a precedent, and simply hand victory to the Irish? That would be a bold move, especially when it was in fact two Frenchmen who invented the World Cup.
Something has to be done and it has to be done quickly, in other words in the next 24hours or the game will be made to look foolish.
If they do replay it, will the English request a replay of the Argentina v England game in 1986 which saw Maradona’s infamous ‘hand of God’ goal assist in securing victory for the Argentines who then won the World Cup?